The distribution grid of the future has not yet been fully mapped out. However, all utilities are well aware that the distribution grid design and configuration of the past will not serve the needs of the customers of the future and they are working towards modernizing their distribution grid. It is expected that the modernization process will be influenced by many stakeholders, including utility Regulators, as the grid transforms from a one way energy delivery vehicle to an energy management platform hosting both consumers and producers.
The proliferation of distributed generation resources connected to the distribution grid adds complexity to grid operations. However, with the advancement of smart inverter technology, additional benefits can be realized by the utility. Moreover, intelligent grid apparatus and sensors can help locate faults more accurately and in some cases predict incipient failures.
Interoperability of the intelligent grid apparatus and sensors is key to ensuring that utilities realize the maximum benefit from their investment in these devices. Open standards on their own will not achieve interoperability . Interoperability will require true collaboration among many stakeholders to be successful. Tying all devices together is the communication system. With ever changing communications technology and cybersecurity requirements, implementing a telecommunication system to support grid modernization requires a lot of careful planning in order to achieve a “no regrets” outcome.
- Grid Modernization- Vision of the Grid of 2040
- Smart Grid Vision –Economic and Regulatory Considerations
- Intelligent Grid Apparatus and Sensors
- Distributed Energy Resources
- Intelligent Grid Applications
- Communications Infrastructure and Cybersecurity